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    PAPTAC - Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada


    Mill Manager of the Year Award

    The 2015 Mill Manager Award was attributed during PaperWeek Canada 2015.

    The Winner is Mike Putzke, General Manager, Alberta Newsprint Company.

    Daniel Archambault, Mike Putzke & Yvon Pelletier



    Entry deadline for 2019 Award: January 14, 2019
    Submissions should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Important Dates:
    June 2018: Entries open
    January 14, 2019: Last day for submission of Award Entries
    December 2018 / January 2019: Judging of Awards
    January 2019: Award Winners announced
    February 2019: Awards Ceremony during PaperWeek Canada's Business Luncheon


    A successful Mill Manager creates a productive environment to work in as well as the drive and impetus to make things happen. He must balance technical and management skills, improve productivity and reduce costs, juggle different views and perspectives, abide by strict regulations and deal with different backgrounds and personalities. He needs to maintain focus ensuring the team's performance is optimized and the projects and mills objectives are met.
    The Mill Manager of the Year Award recognizes the Mill Manager who has best demonstrated these competencies, and the results thereof, through his/her leadership.
    The award will be presented annually unless the judging committee considers that no suitable candidate has been nominated.
    The Awards are designed to reward mills and individuals involved in the pulp & paper and forest-based industry and are open to participants from across Canada. Those submitting an entry for their mill or for an individual should check with their mill management/head office to ensure they have the approval to enter the Awards.
    Submissions should be comprehensive and concise and, as a general rule, should not exceed 10 pages.
    Submissions should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Judging Rules
    Criteria and information to be provided for the entry:
      • Demonstration of mill efficiency/productivity/sustainability (including performance figures)
      • Demonstration of recent improvements in the mill's operations
      • Examples of implementation of best practices
      • Description of leadership qualities and ability to inspire staff engagement (can include anecdotal stories with staff or upper management)
      • Demonstration of the mill's community involvement


    Judging Committee
    A select panel of judges made up of industry experts and representatives of the PAPTAC Executive Council and members will be judging entries. The judges use a specific set of criteria to review submissions in each category. Those submitting an entry should carefully review the procedure and criteria in order to submit as complete an entry as possible. Corporate sponsors of Awards are not involved in the judging process.
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